army abandons iraqi wmd hunt
CalPundit pointed to this shocking item in Saturday's Washington Post: The Army has basically given up on its hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, having come up with bupkus since the commencement of hostilities.
The group directing all known U.S. search efforts for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is winding down operations without finding proof that President Saddam Hussein kept clandestine stocks of outlawed arms, according to participants.
The 75th Exploitation Task Force, as the group is formally known, has been described from the start as the principal component of the U.S. plan to discover and display forbidden Iraqi weapons. The group's departure, expected next month, marks a milestone in frustration for a major declared objective of the war.
Leaders of Task Force 75's diverse staff -- biologists, chemists, arms treaty enforcers, nuclear operators, computer and document experts, and special forces troops -- arrived with high hopes of early success. They said they expected to find what Secretary of State Colin L. Powell described at the U.N. Security Council on Feb. 5 -- hundreds of tons of biological and chemical agents, missiles and rockets to deliver the agents, and evidence of an ongoing program to build a nuclear bomb.
Scores of fruitless missions broke that confidence, many task force members said in interviews.
Even more disturbing is the fact that several Iraqi nuclear storage sites have turned up looted. If the rationale for this war was to prevent terrorsts from getting their hands on deadly weapons -- say, the components for a radioactive "dirty bomb" -- Bush's incompetence has resulted in a complete failure that puts the US at greater risk.
It's abundantly clear that Bush could not possibly have had the proof he insisted he did about Iraq's WMD capability. Which leaves the all-important question many, myself included, have been asking all along: Is a President justified in taking the nation to war under false pretenses? Sadly, many of the hawks seem to believe he is. As the hawks exult in the "democracy" we're imposing on Iraq, they little perceive -- or care -- how they're undermining democracy here at home by affirming the President's ability to make war on a belief -- or a hunch -- or a whim. Disgusting.
Update: South Knox Bubba reminds us of the many times Bush
lied asserted that yes, Iraq had WMDs.